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6-29-2008 @ 5:37PM
A post by Noblesteel on the Maelstrom forum:"Every week, even twice a week, some emo would be RP'er is whining to all of us here that there is not enough RP or boldly alledge that role-play is dead.HOW MUCH RP IS IT GONNA TAKE TO SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE!?I am a role-player, but guess what? I am also working to survive and advance in this twisted competitive world of PvP and Raiding. You want MORE role-play? Go to a stinking pure RP server!You want to know what is really killing RP on this server? On all servers? The real killer is all you selfish RP whiners saying "RP is dead." "Where has my RP gone?" "Waaaahhh wah waaah".Peter Pan tells us that when someone does not believe in pixies another pixie dies. That right selfish RP whiners. Every time one of you says there is no RP, another pixie of role-playing dies. So if I were you. I would start clapping my hands.If you love role-playing, stop killing it by not believeing.This pisses me off because there is more RP'ing oppertunities then I have time for. I am not going to RP with someone over a chat channel while I am where a big Halaa fight is about to happen, or I am hovering over the Overlook trying to be a hero. I always thought that was ridiculous personally to be doing emotes via text chat pretending to be in a room while my toon was somewhere watching his back for an elite mob or rogue looking for a quick token. If you want to play make-believe with me, get over there and lets play make-believe while I do my job.Take a look around and you will see and hear fun light role-play everywhere. Listen for Lonsdale's battle cries as she charges to the rescue of lowbies. Watch for how the young Blood Elves are snobby to the Forsaken near the Dead Scar. Every day players are interactiving the way their toon would. Also, every week some RP guild is always having some a goofy RP event. The Crusaders of Quel'Thalas had a recent open pool party for goodness sake.There is even a chat channel for role-players. Do you whiners know about it? Heck no. How do I know about all this? Because I am a believer. I will not post the channel here because the good RP'ers know (or will know soon) it anyway. No whiners. Especially not the ones who try "Tarren Mill is being slaughtered! How can you all sit there and do nothing?".So here's a clue. If you do not find the RP to your liking and your first character is not level 60 yet, maybe you should stick to just playing WoW as it is and learning it's basics, it's history. Allow yourself to "fit in" more. Familiarity is more inviting less annoying.Finally let us remember the real big truth about this wonderous game that evolved from the Warcraft legacy created by Blizzard. Remember Warcraft I, II, & III? Warcraft is at heart a combat game that supports role-playing. Much the same way your WoW user interface supports third party addons. Blizzards does not make the addons, but does encourage them. The addons are made by people like us. Like addons, roleplaying solely exists because others help create it. There are some people in the game who do not believe in addons either. So what do you do to find good addons? How do you make addons better? Can you make you own addons? Same thing applies about role-playing.Role-playing is just another user addon. The server does not affect how well it works. Your input and support does."
6-29-2008 @ 11:52PM
I agree... I hope you don't misunderstand me as whining here. I'm not saying that RP is dead -- far from it! I'm just saying that there's a gap between what Blizzard is wanting to give roleplayers in the future and what roleplayers are asking for. This may be because roleplayers haven't articulated their desires in ways that Blizzard understands. Sometimes you kind of have to be a roleplayer in order to get what roleplayers are talking about, so one of the things I tried to do in this article was write about it in such a way that a non-roleplaying developer could look at it and say "oh, I get it, let me think about that," and maybe make some improvements. Likely roleplayers will look at those improvements and say, "no, that's not quite what we had in mind either," but it'll be a step in the right direction.On the other hand, maybe the devs are completely aware of what we want and just haven't figured out how they can give it to us yet, or they've decided they don't want to because of other reasons we don't understand. Either way, RP remains alive and well in the here and now, and we roleplayers still love it a lot! In fact, it's because we love it so much that we are trying to find ways to improve it.
6-30-2008 @ 12:14PM
I had a big RP rant all typed up, but this covers it all.Well except for the Jaina's lesbian half-dragon werewolf vampire lover rant, but if you play on an RP server, you know the type I'm talking about anyway.
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